Managing Editor - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Full time

Overview: <strong>Req. No.: R0001874</strong><br /><br />The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a peer-reviewed journal of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), is an authoritative source of high-impact, original research that broadly spans the biological, physical, and social sciences. The journal is global in scope, and submission is open to all researchers worldwide.<br /> <br />The Managing Editor oversees the PNAS and PNAS Nexus editorial peer review processes under the direction of the Senior Managing Editor. Incumbent proceeds on own initiative in compliance with policies, procedures, and practices but receives guidance or expertise from supervisor or higher-level staff when needed. Works collaboratively with other responsible staff officers on cross-departmental projects.
Responsibilities: <ul> <li> <p>Accountable to the Senior Managing Editor, manages daily operations for the PNAS and <em>PNAS Nexus</em> editorial offices, ensuring editorial policies are adhered to and advising on best practice system configurations and workflows. Oversees implementation of new processes, including planning, training, and documentation as needed.</p> </li> <li> <p>Makes process and workflow decisions for editorial operations through reliance on technical and systems expertise; and serves as a resource to PNAS staff on systems-related matters.</p> </li> <li> <p>Monitor manuscripts in process and address potential delays to ensure time to decision targets and other key performance indicators (KPIs) are met.</p> </li> <li> <p>Prepare monthly editorial status reports on submission volume, acceptance rate, turnaround times, and other KPIs as requested.</p> </li> <li> <p>Assist in preparing agendas, materials, and background for regular communications/meetings with key editorial and publisher leadership. May represent either editorial office in presentations and meetings.</p> </li> <li> <p>Act as primary escalation point for <em>PNAS Nexus</em> and secondary escalation point for PNAS for problematic papers and author and editorial board queries and requests.</p> </li> <li> <p>Supervise performance of <em>PNAS Nexus</em> editorial office staff, ensuring standard procedures are met and providing guidance on proper handling of manuscripts, appeals, production queries, correction requests, and all general communications.</p> </li> <li> <p>Maintain <em>PNAS Nexus</em> procedures manual and ensure it is updated with the latest workflows, policies, and best practice guidance.</p> </li> <li> <p>Track and report on performance of <em>PNAS Nexus</em> Editorial Board members, collaborating with the EiC and editorial staff to identify and fill gaps in Editorial Board coverage.</p> </li> <li> <p>Provide training to editors on processes, policies, and workflows.</p> </li> <li> <p>Supervise performance of PNAS Assistant Managing Editors, ensuring editorial operations staff needs are met and providing guidance as needed on problem papers and complicated situations.</p> </li> <li> <p>Keeps the Senior Managing Editor apprised of the operating status of both editorial offices and alerted to potential problems or threats to the integrity of the peer review process.</p> </li> </ul> <h4><strong>COMPETENCIES</strong></h4> <ul> <li> <p>Subject Matter Expertise: In-depth knowledge of scholarly publication workflows and best practices. Ability to solve varied and complex problems using originality and ingenuity. Ability to operate using appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action.</p> </li> <li> <p>Planning and Executing Work: Highly organized and able to plan and oversee work assignments, using appropriate tools to organize and collaborate. Able to work successfully in a team environment and navigate competing priorities to execute on all assigned tasks.</p> </li> <li> <p>Relationship Management: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to interact effectively with all levels of stakeholders. Dedicated to team building management style and experienced overseeing work of both individual contributors and managers.</p> </li> </ul>
Requirements: <strong>Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: </strong>Excellent editing and project management skills. Ability to solve problems of variety and complexity using originality and ingenuity. Ability to serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems and issues. Ability to operate using appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies&rsquo; departments through effective communication. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.<br /><strong>Minimum Education/Training Requirements: </strong>Bachelor&rsquo;s Degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or related field, or equivalent knowledge.<br /><strong>Minimum Experience: </strong>Six years of related professional experience, three of which were in a supervisory capacity.<br /><strong>Physical Capabilities:</strong> Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time.<br /><strong>Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: </strong>None.<br /><strong>Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:</strong> Reports to Director. General direction is provided. Supervises staff and freelance personnel.